Gor, AFC Top 8 match postponed again

May 17, 2012
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The Kenyan Premier League Limited has indefinitely postponed the KPL Top 8 match between arch rivals AFC Leopard and Gor Mahia that was scheduled for May 20.

According to KPL Chief Executive Officer, Jack Oguda, the decision has been informed by the fact that Gor is yet to comply to safety and security measures that the Sports Stadia Management Board, SSMB ordered them to put in place following crowd trouble attributed to a section of the club’s fans that marred a league match between the two sides on March 18th at the Nyayo national Stadium.

“Gor Mahia FC have not yet complied to the letter banning them from the use of SSMB facilities and following consultations with the KPL Stadia Safety and Security Committee due to safety and security reasons, we are left with no suitable venue for hosting such a high risk match and therefore postpone the match to a later date which will be communicated to you,”Oguda said.

In a letter addressed to KPL dated May 15th 2012, SSMB stated that Gor’s ban from using its facilities was still in force because the club has not paid for the damages meted by their fans during the ill-fated league match at Nyayo.

The board also said Gor is yet to convince them in writing of the mechanisms they have put in place to avert such occurrences in the future and action they have taken on the perpetrators.

“Under these circumstances, the board will not change its position unless you (KPL) prevail the club to take action as requested by SSMB”, the letter read in part.

The match was initially supposed to played on April 1st, but was put on hold following the skirmishes that rocked the league match.

As a result, the Top 8 semi final match Sony Sugar and Ulinzi Stars that was scheduled for May 23rd has also been postponed until further notice.

 

 

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